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Heart Healthy Energy bites

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Orla Walsh, RD
Orla Walsh is a Registered Dietitian and Physiologist. Orla is the founder of Orla Walsh Nutrition, she is the former performance nutritionist to the Irish Olympic team and is regular contributor for the Irish Independent newspaper, RTE and Newstalk FM.

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❤️ Not only are they made from heart healthy ingredients (pecans & chia seeds are excellent at lowering cholesterol). 

💩 They’re great at keeping you regular. Chia seeds, dried fruit & the overall fibre content keep things moving. 

What’s more…

🩸 Figs are a plant source of iron. By blending the fig and providing vitamin C source, you’ll absorb more of the iron. An ideal snack when pregnant!


☑️ They are antioxidant rich – fruit, nuts, seeds & cocoa are all terrific sources of antioxidants. 


  • 200g pecans
  • 200g dates
  • 200g figs (cut off the stalk)
  • 4 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

How to make them

  • Put all the ingredients into a food processor. Blend it well. You might need to add a drop of water if it’s not mixing easily. 
  • You can flatten the mixture into a baking tray covered in parchment. To do this simply lob everything onto the parchment, and using a separate small sheet under your hand, squish the mixture flat. 
  • Then place in the fridge for an hour. After an hour you’ll be able to cut them into squares and transfer to an air tight container. 

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